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The Searcher by Tana French

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Book Summary

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

“One of the greatest crime novelists writing today” (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don’t.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published October 6, 2020 by Viking

ISBN: 9780735224650


1 review for The Searcher by Tana French

  1. Kaylie

    Tana French’s latest stand alone novel, The Searcher follows retired police officer Cal Hooper who has just moved to a quiet Irish town from the bustling streets of Chicago. Cal enjoys spending time alone, and just wants to do things on his terms but things are not going to go that way. Soon enough, thirteen year old Trey starts spending time around Cal and Cal soon learns that Trey wants Cal’s help to find his missing brother Brenden. The relationship between Cal and Trey is very reminiscent of the relationship between Eleven and Hopper from the tv series Stranger Things. Cal starts unofficially investigating Brenden’s disappearance unearthing secrets of a small town along the way. A police procedural with a twist, The Searcher is a slow burn mystery that is a little too heavy on the slow, and not heavy enough on the mystery.

    The Searcher is incredibly well written, French is an amazing author. The issue with it is that it’s anti-climactic, painfully slow, there’s a tad too much redundancy, and in the end the reader may feel unsatisfied. French likes to describe things to her readers, which is fantastic, but it gets to the point where some things become unnecessary; some parts of chapters could’ve been left out and they wouldn’t have ruined the story. French also describes things in such great detail that it can become boring and the reader will just want to get on with the story.

    In the end, The Searcher seems to be more about the unlikely kinship between Cal and Trey than about investigating some mystery. While it is a touching story, it’s likely not what readers will be expecting and that can be disappointing. French will continue to be an author that I enjoy to read, The Searcher just wasn’t a novel that blew me away.

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